Smith-Barbieri https://www.smith-barbieri.com A Charitable Foundation Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:55:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Can you live on minimum wage? https://www.smith-barbieri.com/2014/02/18/can-you-live-on-minimum-wage/ Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:52:56 +0000 https://www.smith-barbieri.com/?p=759 I found this calculator in the NY Times fascinating. Check it out and then tell us what you think? Can you live on minimum wage??

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/09/opinion/minimum-wage.html?_r=1

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I found this calculator in the NY Times fascinating. Check it out and then tell us what you think? Can you live on minimum wage??

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/09/opinion/minimum-wage.html?_r=1

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When parking tickets turn devastating https://www.smith-barbieri.com/2014/02/15/when-parking-tickets-turn-devastating/ Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:48:14 +0000 https://www.smith-barbieri.com/?p=756 Another personal story regarding how fines can get out of control and turn devastating. Sydney’s niece was fortunate to have her family’s help. I can’t even imagine what this would feel like for someone without any support structure.

“Boy, am I familiar with this one.  We kicked in $6000.00 for my niece to regain her license after multiple parking tickets while she was attending school and working.  It’s totally beyond the beyond how they can recover a license … That amount is sans collection agency fee because of family connections … now working full time as sole support of a four-person family.  Wouldn’t have happened without a driver’s license.” ~ Sydney, Spokane ]]>
Another personal story regarding how fines can get out of control and turn devastating. Sydney’s niece was fortunate to have her family’s help. I can’t even imagine what this would feel like for someone without any support structure.

“Boy, am I familiar with this one.  We kicked in $6000.00 for my niece to regain her license after multiple parking tickets while she was attending school and working.  It’s totally beyond the beyond how they can recover a license … That amount is sans collection agency fee because of family connections … now working full time as sole support of a four-person family.  Wouldn’t have happened without a driver’s license.” ~ Sydney, Spokane
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Couldn’t say it better ourselves, Mary Anne https://www.smith-barbieri.com/2014/02/09/couldnt-say-it-better-ourselves-mary-anne/ Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:12:37 +0000 https://www.smith-barbieri.com/?p=753 Mary Anne in Spokane held a viewing of the movie “Inequality For All” recently. A friend of Mary Anne’s bought the movie to share. Other friends had seen the movie at the community screening at the Bing and wanted to see it again to further absorb it. Per Mary Anne … “We all really enjoyed watching it.  Love Robert Reich; it was all very thought provoking and frustrating to all of us.  I personally was surprised by the cyclic nature of economic spikes and falls.  My overwhelming emotion was simply, WHY after all the facts, and cause and effects, so astutely explained and defined, STILL escape the rationale (alleged) minds of conservative members of Congress.  The 1% of America should welcome the same tax rates the rest of us pay, rather than going back to the 75%-91% tax rate days!”

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Mary Anne in Spokane held a viewing of the movie “Inequality For All” recently. A friend of Mary Anne’s bought the movie to share. Other friends had seen the movie at the community screening at the Bing and wanted to see it again to further absorb it. Per Mary Anne … “We all really enjoyed watching it.  Love Robert Reich; it was all very thought provoking and frustrating to all of us.  I personally was surprised by the cyclic nature of economic spikes and falls.  My overwhelming emotion was simply, WHY after all the facts, and cause and effects, so astutely explained and defined, STILL escape the rationale (alleged) minds of conservative members of Congress.  The 1% of America should welcome the same tax rates the rest of us pay, rather than going back to the 75%-91% tax rate days!”

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Stop the hypocrisy and start a real discussion https://www.smith-barbieri.com/2014/02/08/stop-the-hypocrisy-and-start-a-real-discussion/ Sun, 09 Feb 2014 02:44:54 +0000 https://www.smith-barbieri.com/?p=744 See the article related to this map at: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/welfare-state/Content?oid=6686284

Few things make us as crazy as how many elected officials and residents in E WA bash taxes as well as claim that we don’t get our fair share. As my father used to say, “what a crock”. If you think we get more tax benefits in E WA because we “grow the food”, let’s have that discussion. If you think rural counties should get more because of lower populations and fixed/variable expenses, then let’s have that discussion. But no more saying that E WA gets less because its simply not true. That’s just math. Copy & past the link above in your browser and check out the article. SS

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See the article related to this map at: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/welfare-state/Content?oid=6686284

Few things make us as crazy as how many elected officials and residents in E WA bash taxes as well as claim that we don’t get our fair share. As my father used to say, “what a crock”. If you think we get more tax benefits in E WA because we “grow the food”, let’s have that discussion. If you think rural counties should get more because of lower populations and fixed/variable expenses, then let’s have that discussion. But no more saying that E WA gets less because its simply not true. That’s just math. Copy & past the link above in your browser and check out the article. SS

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The war on the poor https://www.smith-barbieri.com/2014/02/07/the-war-on-the-poor/ Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:15:13 +0000 https://www.smith-barbieri.com/?p=734 Yesterday the U.S. Senate denied extending unemployment benefits – it lost by ONE VOTE. This is a jobless recovery. The wealthy get richer and the disparity between the rich and poor is greater every day. Please watch this short video and then express displeasure with your Senators that they didn’t do more and they must turn this around now. Our community is depending on us.

 

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Yesterday the U.S. Senate denied extending unemployment benefits – it lost by ONE VOTE. This is a jobless recovery. The wealthy get richer and the disparity between the rich and poor is greater every day. Please watch this short video and then express displeasure with your Senators that they didn’t do more and they must turn this around now. Our community is depending on us.

War on the poor

 

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